Diaries, letters, certificates, memorials, and other documents that reflect Partridge's church activities, particularly in Jackson County, Missouri, Kirtland, Ohio, and Far West, Missouri, and also describe his family relations, business affairs, and religious convictions.
Includes 1835-1836 diary recording travel with Thomas B. Marsh through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana; travel with Isaac Morley to New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire; attendance at Kirtland Hebrew school; Kirtland Temple dedication; and events in Clay County, Missouri. Also includes consecration and stewardship deeds for Titus Billings, George W. Pitkin, Stephen Chase, Benjamin Eames, James Lee, and Sanford Porter, versos of which Partridge used to draft an 1834 family letter, describing Jackson County expulsion and quoting from several revelations. Also includes 1830 certificate from Sidney Rigdon, 1831 letter from D. H. Redfield, and 1835 patriarchal blessing given by Joseph Smith Sr.
Includes Partridge's revision of city of Zion plat, memorials to the Missouri legislature and the United States Congress, and affidavit recording Partridge's personal losses.
Other documents once in possession of Edward Partridge: [Manuscript of revelations copied by Edward Partridge, circa December 1830]; Bishop's license to Edward Partridge, 4 February 1831 (Joseph Smith collection); Joseph Smith letter to Edward Partridge, 2 May 1833 (Joseph Smith collection); Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams letter to Edward Partridge, et. al., 25 June 1833 (Joseph Smith collection); Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams letter [to Missouri church leaders], 6 August 1833 (Joseph Smith collection); Joseph Smith letter [to Missouri church leaders], 18 August 1833 (Joseph Smith collection); Edward Partridge letter to Joseph Smith, November 1833. (Joseph Smith collection); Certificate to Edward Partridge and Isaac Morley, 1 June 1835 (Joseph Smith collection); and Revelation to Isaac Morley and Edward Partridge, 7 November 1835. (Revelations collection).
Edward Partridge, first bishop of the Church, was born 27 August 1793 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the son of William and Jemima Bidwell Partridge. As a young man he was apprenticed in the hatters trade and established himself in that business in Painesville, Ohio. It was there that he married Lydia Clisbee in 1819.
Partridge joined the Campbellite movement in 1828 and was introduced to the Church in the fall of 1830. He journeyed to New York where he was baptized by Joseph Smith on 11 December 1830. Shortly after his return to Ohio Edward Partridge was called by revelation to be the first bishop of the Church. He journeyed to Missouri with other church leaders in June 1831, and commenced overseeing settlement of church members in Jackson County. Troubles with other settlers in the area led to the destruction of the Church's printing press in Independence and the tarring and feathering of Bishop Partridge in the summer of 1833. Hostilities continued until the Mormons evacuated the county and crossed the Missouri River into Clay County.
In 1835 Partridge traveled to Ohio with Thomas B. Marsh and then continued on a mission to the Eastern States with Isaac Morley. He returned to Kirtland in November of that year and was present at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. He returned to his family in Missouri in the summer of 1836 and was instrumental in the establishment of Far West in Caldwell County. Persecution again arose as Mormon settlement increased; Far West was surrendered to the Missouri militia in 1838 and Partridge was one of those taken prisoner and incarcerated at Richmond in Ray County. His family removed to Quincy, Illinois where he joined them in January of 1839. In the fall of that year they moved to Nauvoo where Edward Partridge was appointed bishop of the Upper Ward. He died on 27 May 1840.
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